On Monday, 2 Cars of Hope activists came back from Bosnia. They supported refugees in the small border town Velika Kladuša. But there is really a lack of everything… On June 13, a Cars of Hope car drives from Wuppertal, Germany to Bosnia, there are still empty places left in the car.
At the moment there are only 4 international helpers in Velika Kladuša. They support the many locals who do everything they can to help the refugees. The solidarity of the local people is great, but in European terms Bosnia is a poor country. The supplies for refugees are reaching their limits more and more.
New refugees are arriving every day in Velika Kladuša. At the moment about 1000 refugees are staying in the small town. And the number is growing steadily. Many of the refugees are trying to cross the Croatian border, but most of them are being pushed back to Bosnia with massive police violence. Every day people return, often with broken bones. But there are also daily new arrivals in Velika Kladuša of people who travelled to Bosnia via Serbia or Albania and Montenegro.
They are provided with meals twice a day. Clothes, shoes and other things that people need for everyday life are distributed and there is a mobile shower for people to take a shower. Tents are organized on a daily basis for the new arrivals and 2 containers are refurbished so that at least some of the so-called “vulnerables” (the elderly, injured and families with children) have a temporary shelter for a few days. There are no NGOs in Velika Kladuša, only MSF is there about once every two weeks and supports the refugees and helpers.
At the moment it is getting harder and harder to keep things going. The money for food, tents and other things that are needed every day is drying out. That’s why this is an emergency call! We urgently need financial support to maintain the supplies for refugees and, in addition, to reconstruct the two containers.
Please donate for food, tents and other things for everyday life.
Our bank account details:
Bank: Volksbank in Bergisches Land
Account holder: Hopetal e.V.
Description: Cars of Hope
IBAN: DE51 3406 0094 0002 9450 87
or directly to SOS Team Kladuša via PayPal: Piksi.firstname.lastname@example.org
Mutual Aid: Support Refugees in Bosnia
Support the work with refugees in Bosnia.
Or donate for the refurbishment of the containers and support the container crowdfunding campaign: https://social.fund/kfifpt/
Should the crowdfunding campaign bring in more money than the amount stated here, the money will be used to support the refugees here in Velika Kladuša at other levels. These include tents, shoes, rucksacks, as many refugees carry their belongings in plastic bags, as well as food, water, medicines and toiletries.
Every euro helps the people who come here in search of security and peace.
This project is supported and driven by many different groups, NGOs, volunteers, residents and initiatives. SOS Team Kladuša, No Name Kitchen and Cars Of Hope are part of it.
In order to be able to do the work as described above, the 4 international helpers and the local population urgently need support. SOS Team Kladuša is looking for a long-term volunteer with a driver’s license and a car and one or two short- or medium-term volunteers. People interested can contact SOS Team Kladuša by email at email@example.com.
On June 13, a Cars of Hope car drives from Wuppertal to Bosnia, there are still places left in the car. People who would like to join us on the 13th can contact firstname.lastname@example.org. On June 23, the car drives back to Wuppertal, Germany.
We would like to thank all those who have supported us so energetically.
Cars of Hope, June 7, 2018.